Emerson Jones: A rising star of Australian tennis
Meet Emerson Jones, one of Australia's most promising junior talents and a National Tennis Academy athlete.
Remember the name, Emerson Jones.
The Gold Coast talent is currently the highest-ranked 2008-born female player in the ITF World Tour junior rankings and one of only two 14-year-olds with a WTA Tour singles ranking.
She is Australia’s top-ranked junior as well, sitting at a career-high world No.18.
Jones’ parents were both exceptional athletes. Her father, Brad Jones, won the prestigious Grogan Medal, the top individual accolade in the Queensland Australian Football League, in 1999, while her mother, Loretta Harrop, was a triathlete and won an Olympic silver medal at Athens 2004.
Her older brother, Hayden, is also excelling in tennis and is Australia’s No.2-ranked junior boy.
In our series profiling Tennis Australia’s National Tennis Academy athletes, Jones shares her tennis story and future goals …
My brother used to play cricket with my dad at tennis courts near where he lived. One of the coaches invited him to join in tennis lessons. I was four years old at the time and went on the court with him. I was running around and started doing some of the lessons too. I didn’t like it at first, but then I started to enjoy it.
I wanted to do gymnastics instead. But once I started competing and playing in little tournaments, then I started to really enjoy it.
I love competing and travelling. I’ve had lots of great experiences.
I really enjoyed playing Australian Open juniors this year, which was my first Grand Slam.
I was really nervous at the start, but then I just focused on my match and it was great.
It was pretty cool to see the level of the top juniors in the world.
I like to go for a run or a swim. I enjoy keeping active. I really enjoy doing arts too. I like painting.
Maybe swimming or running. I think my mum would really like that as well.
No, I haven’t. It just doesn’t really float my boat. I think tennis is the way to go for me.
I’ve played AFL and soccer at school, which was cool.
It’s pretty good, because the National Tennis Academy helps you fit it all in. After I hit, I go up to the classroom and do my school, then go back and hit.
It’s really cool because he has a lot of experience with all the big names, like Naomi Osaka and Sam Stosur. I’m learning a lot.
I hope I can do really well at Wimbledon one day. Grass is my favourite surface to play on, so that’d be great. I’d love to win any Grand Slam really and just do what Ash Barty has done.
She is. I really liked watching her. I like Emma Raducanu’s game too.
Ash Barty’s slice I reckon, or Emma Raducanu’s drive volley.
I’m just really focusing on my results and hopefully doing well at the junior Grand Slams.
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